From an outsider’s viewpoint, it looks like Disney burned bridges left and right with directors for Star Wars movies. First, Game of Thrones showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, walked away from their deal with Disney. Then we found out that J. J. Abrams cut of the movie is vastly different than the one released in theaters.
New leaked reports indicate that Colin Trevorrow wrote an entire script for Star Wars: Episode IX—complete with concept art—that Disney did not like before he was fired from the project. Let’s take a look at why we likely won’t be seeing the Jurrasic World Director’s name on anything Disney in the future.
What was Colin Trevorrow’s version of ‘Star Wars: Episode IX?’
After an unknown source leaked Trevorrow’s Episode IX: Duel of the Fates script on Reddit, the Star Wars fandom debated whether or not it was real. This week the director confirmed the suspicions with a tweet.
“Yes, this is from Duel of the Fates,” the original Episode IX director wrote. “But I’d never kill R2…he just took a bad hit. Happens to all of us.”
One of the significant differences between The Rise of Skywalker and Duel of the Fates is that Ben Solo/Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) stays on the Dark side Trevorrow’s version. Additionally, Emporer Palpatine is only apparent in the form of a Sith Holocron—he’s not alive like in TROS.
Finn (John Boyega) and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) had a story arc leading a new legion of Stormtroopers over to the good side as well as a group of Force-sensitive youngsters. While Rey (Daisy Ridley) spent more of the movie saving the future Jedi than worrying about her past, she also remained a ‘nobody’ rather than retconning The Last Jedi‘s Rey storyline.
Why didn’t fans get to see Trevorrow’s ‘Duel of the Fates?’
The Jurassic World director spent two years working on Star Wars: Episode IX, however, in 2017, Lucasfilm brought in a new writer, Jack Thorne, to rewrite the script. Initially, both Trevorrow and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy cited “creative differences,” for the split. A more recent interview gave a bit more incite as to what happened.
“Colin was at a huge disadvantage not having been a part of Force Awakens and in part of those early conversations because we had a general sense of where the story was going,” Kennedy told IO9 during an interview. “Like any development process, it was only in the development that we’re looking at a first draft and realizing that it was perhaps heading in a direction that many of us didn’t feel was really quite where we wanted it to go.”
Many parts of Trevorrow’s script were changed and edited, but his name remains on the film as a writer. The president also indicated that they were on a tight schedule with the movie. They had to decide whether to keep going with the current director or switch to a new one.
J. J. Abrams came on shortly after Trevorrow left because he directed The Force Awakens, so he was involved in all of that initial discussion that Kennedy refers to in her interview.
Here’s why Trevorrow will likely never work with Disney again
Fans point out that after spending over two years working on a film, it’s a tragedy that Trevorrow did not get to see his version of the story come to fruition.
“On a side note,” wrote one fan on Twitter. Imagine writing a Star Wars movie, seeing concept art like this, and then not getting to make the movie? I feel for you.”
Luckily, the director went back to Universal Pictures to continue the trilogy he began with Jurassic World in 2015. He then wrote and produced Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and is currently finishing up production on the final film in the trilogy.
“I knew the end. I knew where I wanted it to go,” Trevorrow told Jurassic Outpost. He also commented that planning the beginning, middle, and end of the trilogy ahead of time “is crucial to a franchise like this if you really want to bring people along with you and make sure they stay interested. It needs to be thought through on that level. It can’t be arbitrary.”
That quote sounds like a dig to the producers of Star Wars. Jurassic World will benefit from having Trevorrow for all three movies in the trilogy so that it might be a bit more cohesive than our Star Wars sequel. It looks like, at least for right now, the director is happy where he is at with his career.
The film he is working on now, temporarily titled Jurassic World 3 will be in theaters on June 21, 2021.